BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,5TH DEC 2017-The mandate of salaries and remuneration commission SRC has officially come to an end.
Speaking in Nairobi during the launching of the commission’s final report SRC chair Sarah Serem say the commission has achieved its mandate after managing to keep the public servants wage bill in check.
However she lamented about the several challenges that has greatly hindered the commission from discharging its duties among them perennial strikes from the public service sector. ”The ever increasing demands for higher pay without commensurate work to show and persistence strikes from the public sector are some of the challenges which we need to face going forward”.she said.
She has also said despite efforts by the commission to keep the wage bill in check the same has continued to double every financial year.She has given an example of the financial year 2012/13 where it increased from kshs 465 billion to kshs 6 billion in the financial year 2014/15 adding that the situation will continue to be the same even in the years to come.
She further urged the incoming office and the government to put in place mechanism that will check the issue.”We must be responsible for resources channeled towards development in order to realize our full potential”affirmed Serem
.According to Serem the commission set it medium goal target below 7 percent of the GDP which has partly been achieved. Deputy president Willam Ruto who also graced the occasion has reiterated the importance of the commission in helping the national government in achieving its mandate.”The SRC has been instrumental in assisting the national government to achieve its mandate,we all must support it even in future”.He said.
The deputy president has also promised that government will continue to support the incoming office to ensure that the objective of keeping the civil servants wage bill in check is achieved for the betterment of the entire Nation.